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Suicide bomber wounds 45 Afghan soldiers at base camp

Published on Oct 17, 2012 3:53 PM

KHOST, Afghanistan (REUTERS) - A suicide bomber rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into a joint Afghan-US base in the country's east on Wednesday, wounding at least 45 Afghan soldiers, local officials said.

The Taleban took responsibility for the car bomb attack in the Zurmat district of Paktia province, saying they had also despatched a group of fighters in suicide vests who managed to enter the base.

A spokeswoman for Nato's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said insurgents fired at the base after the explosion. There were no Nato casualties, she added.

Paktia, a small province about 100 km south of the capital Kabul, has been beset by increasing violence over the past two years.

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